The U.S. Constitution, Contraception and Abortion


The United States Constitution provides for specified individual rights. However, it does not require that we pay, other than through constitutionally authorized taxes or borrowed funds, for others to exercise even those specified rights.

It appears to be the contention of some that the refusal of a church or religiously affiliated entity to subsidize or otherwise to facilitate contraception or the provision of abortion medications deprives women of their rights to them.  How are such organizations depriving women of their rights to use their own resources or those available elsewhere to secure those rights? From Planned Parenthood for example? Or are those women denying themselves access to their own choices because they prefer not to utilize such resources? Why should a church or its religiously affiliated entity be forced to provide something it cannot provide without violating its religious doctrines?  I do not understand the apparent position that churches and…

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